Figure It Out: Introduction To Head-Drawing – The Art Students League

Figure It Out: Introduction To Head-Drawing

Umakanth Thumrugoti

Umakanth Thumrugoti

Workshop Description

1:30 – 5:00 pm
Fee: $365
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students
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Drawing the head is arguably the greatest challenge in figurative art. It’s the key feature in portraiture. In this short workshop, we will explore ways to simplify the process of head-drawing. As with figure drawing, gesture is the key to creating a successful head drawing. We will discuss proportions, superficial musculoskeletal anatomy, as well as lighting. Along the way, we will cover the subject of using line versus tone in delineating structure. Throw in the discussion on muscles of facial expression and efficient, graceful ways to draw hair, we may have a well rounded head in the end.

About the Instructor

Umakanth Thumrugoti is an artist, writer and filmmaker who started his career at Walt Disney Feature Animation–working on films such as Lion King, Pocahontas, Fantasia 2000, Treasure Planet, Chicken Little and Bolt among others. While at Disney, he worked in various capacities–Technical Director, Lighting Supervisor, Sequence Supervisor, Visual Development Artist and finally as a Co-Art Director. His books include Figure It Out: A Thin Book on Figure Drawing & Broken Parts–Pies R Squared, a graphic novel. His film ‘7 Days In Slow-Motion’ was called ‘A Bright and Cheerful comedy’ by Roger Ebert and won many awards. For more info visit: or

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